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Emirates Stadium (ATT 60,067) 30th August 2008 - Kick off 17:30 Ref: R Styles

Arsenal Arsenal vs Newcastle United Newcastle

Gunners seal Newcastle win

Van Persie double and Denilson seal three points

Last Updated: 30/08/08 8:26pm

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Van Persie: Celebrates opener

Van Persie: Celebrates opener

Arsenal bounced back from defeat at Fulham last week to seal a comfortable 3-0 win over Newcastle at Emirates Stadium.

Man of the match: Robin van Persie was back to his brilliant best, converting an early penalty and turning in Arsenal's second. He was also their most threatening player during numerous counter attacks and could easily have ended up with three or four. Arsenal will hope that the injury he limped off with is nothing serious. Goal of the game: Arsenal's third goal was vintage stuff from the Gunners as a flowing build-up was followed by Samir Nasri playing the ball to Emmanuel Adebayor at the top of the area, and he in turn played the ball forward to the advancing Denilson who rounded off the move by slotting the ball past Shay Given. Moment of the match: Emmanuel Eboue looked a lot better back on the right wing, and came up with the best moment of the match when he set up van Persie's second goal with a perfectly-weighted backheel pass. Attempt of the match: Had it gone in, Robin van Persie would have had a hat-trick. An attempted cross came back to him on the left-hand side of the penalty area, and his scorching shot from a nearly impossible angle hit the underside of the crossbar. Save of the match: Kolo Toure would have opened the scoring for Arsenal with a long-range drive, but Shay Given put in a diving one-handed save to deny the centre-back what looked a certain goal. Talking point: Joey Barton came on for the last few minutes of the match and was roundly booed by the Emirates crowd. He then showed that a jail stint had had little effect on him by launching into Samir Nasri with a poor challenge in his first contribution to the game.

The Gunners were rarely troubled by the visting Magpies and went ahead just 18 minutes in as Robin van Persie slammed home a penalty.

The Ducthman added a second just before the break to make it 2-0 at the interval.

The second-half saw Denilson fire home after a well-worked move and that sealed The Gunners' second win of the season which takes them into second, albeit with Chelsea and Liverpool still to play on Sunday.

Arsenal had started in determined fashion and had a great chance to take the lead inside three minutes.

A corner from the right was flicked on by Bacary Sagna at the near post, and the ball fell at the feet of William Gallas. However, the Gunners captain - who has netted twice already this season - somehow blazed his shot over the bar from no more than a yard out.

Kolo Toure then came forwards and flashed in a low drive from 25 yards, which Shay Given turned behind at full stretch.

Then just after Newcastle looked to have got a themselves a foothold in the

match, they conceded a penalty. Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor dashed past his marker and into the right side of the box, before cutting the ball back across goal, where it hit N'Zogbia on his trailing arm.

Van Persie stepped up to take the resulting spot-kick, which was coolly dispatched low into the bottom right corner past the dive of the Newcastle keeper.

With the cushion of an early lead, Arsenal started to showboat, passing the ball around with consummate ease.

Cesc Fabregas - in his 200th appearance for the Gunners - tried his luck with a speculative 25-yard effort, which flew over.

Samir Nasri got away down the left, before floating over a cross with the outside of his boot - and only a deft touch from the fast-retreating Fabricio Coloccini denied an on-rushing Adebayor a tap in.

After 31 minutes, van Persie curled a 20-yard free-kick up towards the top-left corner, but Given was at his acrobatic best to make a flying save.

Newcastle finally created a decent opening after 37 minutes when Jonas Gutierrez, the Argentina international midfielder, got clear down the left and cut a low centre back across goal.

Michael Owen was lurking at the far post, but just as he shot, team-mate Shola Ameobi got in the way and deflected the ball off target.

Arsenal went up the other end and carved open the visitors' defence again with van Persie feeding Adebayor. However, the big Togo frontman, under pressure from two defenders and the advancing keeper, could only slot the ball wide.

Van Persie double

It was, though, soon 2-0 with four minutes to go to half-time. Emmanuel Eboue played Adebayor in down the right, and continued his run into the penalty area to collect the return pass.

The much-maligned Ivory Coast midfielder then produced a clever back-heel, which rolled into the path of van Persie - who smashed the ball into the roof of the net.

Newcastle were positive following the restart and only the woodwork denied Kevin Keegan's men a way back into the match after 56 minutes when Nicky Butt's flicked header from a left-wing corner dropped onto the crossbar.

It was just one of those days for the visitors as Arsenal wrapped up the match with another superbly-crafted goal in the 59th minute.

Nasri worked himself space in the box, before tapping the ball back to Adebayor. The Togo frontman simply laid it off sideways, where Denilson was on hand to slip the ball back past the oncoming defender and a wrong-footed Given.

Arsenal could have further extended their lead before the final whistle.

Van Persie smashed in an angled drive from almost on the goal-line, which ricocheted off the underside of the bar at the near post.

Given then produced a fine reaction save at point-blank range to keep out Toure's header and also was at full stretch to turn away Nasri's curling free-kick before substitute Theo Walcott pulled an angled drive wide after another swift counter-attack.

Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton, recently released from jail and facing a violent conduct charge from the Football Association, came on for the closing two minutes - to resounding jeers from the home crowd.

ArsenalTeam StatisticsNewcastle United
21st Half Goals0
12Shots on Target2
7Shots off Target1
4Blocked Shots1
2Yellow Cards2
0Red Cards0
86.5Passing Success83.9
84.6Tackles Success55
55.9Territorial Advantage44.1

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